The Beauty of Light in Turkey

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Gourds in shop window

When recently doing some research into  Turkish tulip designs,  I came across a blog by Aaminah Shakur who is a poet, artist and writer. Some of her work is inspired by the art of Georgia O’Keefe, Ottoman designs and the Qur’an. I particularly liked this Qur’anic verse that she referred to on her blog:

God is the light of the heavens and the earth.
The likeness of this light is a niche
in which there is a lamp,
the lamp in a glass,
the glass like a glittering star,
kindled from a blessed olive tree,
an olive that is neither of the east nor the west,
the oil of which could shine without being touched by fire.
Light upon light;
God guides whom He please.
– Qur’an 24:35

This verse started me thinking about all of the beautiful things I have seen in Turkey, made all the more evocative with…

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